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How Much Are Small Business Consultant Fees?
When you’re starting a small business, you might run into some obstacles to the success you want to see. Small business consultants can help you cut through the number of items on your to-do list and set a course for future success. Here’s what to expect to pay.
Determine Your Budget
Before you begin researching small business consultants in your area, you need to set a budget for your consultancy expenses. You can find consultants from inexpensive solo firms to high-dollar professional firms. While you may be tempted to go for the cheapest consultant you can find, you need to remember that when it comes to consulting, you often get what you pay for.
When determining your small business consultancy budget, you need to decide the quality of service you’d like to receive and allocate a budget according to how much you can realistically spend on a consultant. Remember, this is a business investment, so you should ideally get an attractive return on your consultancy investment.
Do You Need Business Plan Assistance?
Your small business consultant will offer marketing and administrative advice. But there are other services that your consultant may provide. Often, small business owners need help with getting their business plans solidified so that they can pursue the next level of investor funding or bank loans.
If you need business plan assistance, your business consultant may be able to provide this service for an additional fee. This fee will likely be billed as a project, rather than at an hourly rate, and will probably run you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on top of your other consultancy fees.
While most small business consultants offer a free initial consultation, once you sign a contract with your consultant, you may owe one-time startup fees to your consultant or their firm. These fees might include meetings to help your consultant prepare a plan for your business’s success, marketing plans and other projections you or your consultant can use to move forward.
Hourly Rates of Small Business Consultants
After the startup fees, which may be billed hourly or by the project, you will likely work with your consultant on an hourly basis. Small business consultants charge rates anywhere from $50 an hour to $200 an hour and above. Depending on your location, consultant’s experience and the size of the firm that they work for, you can expect to pay a rate within this average.
Ongoing Expenses and Retainers
Your small business might benefit from continued support from your small business consultant. In this case, your consultant might contract with you for extended services beyond your initial startup phase. These services include retainers and hourly support, which can run in the thousands of dollars per month.
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